Focus on education quality: Gov't

June 26, 2018

Curriculum quality should be the focus of discussions on a proposal to set a trial period for self-financed tertiary institutions.


Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung made the statement to reporters today, saying the proposal made by the Task Force on Review of Self-financing Post-secondary Education will tighten the monitoring of such institutions.


The task force suggests deregistering institutions whose programmes fall short of their stated aims after a trial period.


Mr Yeung said discussions should focus on the quality of the curriculum rather than the time limit of the proposed trial period.


When asked if the Government will consider cancelling the licences of privately run institutions that are not up to standard, he said several factors will be considered as the number of these schools is rising as student numbers fall.


"I think it involves two issues. The first one is that we already know the number of students or DSE (Diploma of Secondary Education) graduates will be decreasing in the coming years.


"All self-financing institutions already know this fact, and we are expecting there will be some sort of consolidation anyway in the coming years.


"But the question posed by the task force is whether we should have a requirement on the quality of the institutions after registration, whether they have achieved what they have already planned.


"It is more about the quality issue rather than an issue about the number of candidates."

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